Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke frustrated after Leicester point

Shakespeare defended his decision to field a strong side against Palace despite Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

Mark Scott: "A little over two months ago, Crystal Palace were second from bottom in the table, with Leicester lying just one place above the relegation zone".

Five wins out of six is impressive in any language and although perhaps at their most dominant against Arsenal on Monday night, that did come against a rival who do not need much of a nudge at the moment to topple over in spectacular fashion.

The nature of their opening goal, after only seven minutes, therefore surprised for more than one reason.

Allardyce has attributed his side's recent run of results to much improved defensive displays but would not have been happy when Palace fell behind to a routine long-throw routine after just six minutes.

Crystal Palace came from 2-0 down to level 2-2 with Leicester City.

In the 17th minute leading goalscorer Benteke had a close-range shot smothered clear by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at his near post.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare: "There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home".

Having eased ahead, Leicester appeared satisfied to sit back and contain a home side that struggled to create meaningful chances despite dominating possession.

"Their first goal was all important for them, two minutes from our second".

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: "A great point for us". Another game gone and it is precious because it keeps our run going.

Allardyce added: "The aim will be to try and secure another three points but we are playing a team in exceptionally good form like ourselves and this will be just as hard a game as we faced against Arsenal on Monday night, if not more [difficult]". It was the Belgian who had leapt above the centre-back to meet the excellent Andros Townsend's delivery and power home Palace's equaliser, though City were outraged the goal was not disallowed with the forward "riding", according to Shakespeare, on the defender's back. But we must keep picking up points until we're safe. "We could have seen it out, but they asked a lot of questions of us with their aerial threat".

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